Search for Common Ground – Youth and Protection Officer.

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Responsible for ensuring the implementation of an adolescent-led journalism program including itschild protection activities designed to prevent and respond to child protection risks/concerns affecting crisis impacted children and adolescents in the target locations of Mombasa and Kwale. S/he will coordinate project activities and make sure that the project is implemented as per agreed upon plans and in line with Search’s safeguarding policies and best practices.  

The job holder is expected to provide guidance, mentoring, and coaching to adolescents participating in the program, and enhance the quality of child protection case management and provision of psychosocial support services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of the program in line with organizational and donors’ guidelines, policy, and procedures and writing donor reports.    
  • Follow-up, monitor and supervise the implementation of program activities based on the work plan, spending plan and ensure the proper utilization and tracking of budgets and resources/materials allocated to the project.
  • Provide a close accompaniment to adolescents participating in the program and their families, to ensure their buy-in and address their concerns in a timely manner.
  • Undertake and ensure situational assessments, data collection, compiling and analyzing as per the required standard.
  • Responsible for the implementation and follow-up of child protection activities and programs including development/update of relevant strategies, standard operations and procedures       and referral pathways, case management mechanisms, psychosocial support interventions and community-based support for at-risk children including unaccompanied/separated children and adolescents.
  •  Ensure that there is a functioning child protection coordination mechanism/platform in project areas that addresses the needs of child survivors and at-risk children.
  • Support program staff in the design and implementation of effective community mobilization and awareness raising strategies.
  • Maintain standard, design, and undertake diversified psychosocial support activities at child friendly spaces. 
  • Strengthen protection mechanisms through mobilizing and involving the community in reducing risks.
  • Work with the community and caregivers/parents through undertaking a positive parenting skill and ensure a positive parents and child communication skills.
  • Prepare quality reports of project activities, and communication products highlighting programmatic results, on a regular basis and share with relevant actors. 
  • Develop and maintain skillful and effective communication and working relationships with relevant partners including children, families, community leaders, government stakeholders and other implementing partners.
  • Represent the program in all partner meetings and communicate the outcomes
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of CP project implementation and follow up on agreed points.
  • Other duties that are broadly in line with the above responsibilities as assigned to him/ her.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Psychology, Social Work,  Community Development, Peacebuilding or other related fields of social science studies.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in implementing child protection projects and clear understanding of child protection technical areas such as case management.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating training on key child protection topics for a range of target groups.
  • Good understanding of Child Protection program approaches and practices.
  • Experience in community mobilization and conducting outreach activities.
  • Strong and proven ability in report writing, in English.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, as well as social media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, presentation, and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision.
  • Cultural sensitivity and strong interest in dialogue, peace building and conflict transformation.


The deadline for application is 30th November 2022

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. 


Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work. All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth, and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.




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